a devilish wide ditch for 'em to pass, which they can't fill
up with things-----Here Mr. Conway helped him to fascines.
By this time I imagine you have laughed at him as much, and were as tired of him as we were : but he's gone. This is the day that Gray and I intended for the first of a southern circuit; but as Mr. Selwyn8 and George Montagu design us a visit here, we have put off our journey for some weeks. When we get a little farther, I hope our memoirea will brighten: at present they are but dull, dull as
Your humble servant ever,
P.S. I thank you ten thousand times for your last letter: when I have as much wit and as much poetry in me, I'll send you as good an one. Good night, child!
19. To THOMAS ASHTON.
MY DEAR ASHTON,
The exceeding slowness and sterility of me and this place, and the yast abundance and volubility of Mr. Walpole and his pen will sufficiently excuse to you the shortness of this little matter. He insists that it is not him but his pen that is so volubility, and so I have borrowed it of him ; but I find it is both of 'em that is so volubility, for tho' I am writing as fast, as I can drive, yet he is still chattering in vast
6 George Augustus Selwyn (1719-1791), second son of Colonel John Selwyn, of Matson, Gloucestershire, by Mary Parrington; educated at Eton and Oxford; in 1751 he became heir to the family estates, to which he succeeded on the death' of his father in Nov. of that year. He was Clerk of the Irons and Master of the Meltings at the Mint, 1740; Paymaster of the Board of Works, 1765-82; Surveyor of Crown Lands, 1784-91: he was also Regisfcrar-Gf-eneral of
the Court of Chancery in Barbadoes; M.P. for Ludgershall (his family "borough), 1747-B4, 1780-91; for Gloucester, 1754-80. Selwyn preserved an unbroken friendship with Horace Walpole from their school days at Eton till his death in 1791. He was an occasional correspondent of Walpole, and a frequent guest at Strawberry Will.
LETTKH 19.—Not in C.; reprinted from Tovey's Gray and his Friends, pp. 45-7.